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Made it to Little Sister around 6:00 p.m. on Saturday with my brother and 3 lurker amigos. Bridled some live baits and bump trolled til dark with nothing desirable. Guys on the rig told us some big AJ's were on the legs, so we sent down some live baits and managed one keeper, several throwbacks and broke off several larger specimens that we couldn't turn. Started diamong jigging, live baiting, and chunking - caught 1,000 hardtails, a small strawberry grouper, more small AJ's, a nice blackfin, an almaco jack, several sharks, 2 African pompano, and a rainbow runner. Around 3 a.m. we had some nice blackfin show up in the chunk line but they wouldn't touch anything - very frustrating. Right after that a trio of heavyweight yellowfin showed up for about 5 seconds and disappeared. Seas were dead calm all night but there was some major lightning in the distance in all directions. Around 4 a.m. we decide to start heading inshore and bumped over to the near intersection rig. More hardtails, another nice black fin, a horse eye jack, and 3 UFO's that broke off. By this time we were surrounded by lightning in all directions. At daylight we picked a small window to the east a bit and started heading in. The window closed so we punched through rain, lightning, and nasty 3 footers for about 25 miles. Finally cleared it and hit a snapper spot on the way in. 3 keepers, several undersized and a small king. We're pretty exhausted at this point and take it to the house. Back around 1 p.m.

Wish we could have duplicated Capt. C's tuna success, but that's the way it goes.. Had a lot of fun iwth my brother and friends, though, with several species and consistent action throughout the night.

Mark
 

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Blck Jacks, huh? I have never heard of one. We had only seen pictures of AP's, so that was everyone's immediate assumption. Both fish were light silver when caught, but turned brown on ice. You are correct, they both gave the angler a great fight. Thanks for the i.d. - I assume the meat is not palatable? It didn't look bad at all when we cleaned them. The other anglers read this board, so I guess I can't pull a joke and tell them that I cooked it and it was the best thing I have ever tasted.

Thanks for saving a potential gastric disaster- you are definitely the fish i.d. master of this board.

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Speaking of table fare, how are the almaco and horse eye jacks? When they were caught, the question was "does this taste like amberjack or jack crevalle?" I swore I have read, seen, or head that they weren't bad, so we threw them on ice. Howell...any input? If not desirable we can always use them for bait.

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Pic and diary entry

Here's a pic of the fish after it was caught.

I don't typically do this but I thought I'd share my diary entry for today:

August 30, 2004

Dear Diary:

Life has been good lately, but eventually I knew the "fish misidentification dumbass" bug would hit me. I've been on a roll but I knew it wouldn't last forever. Thanks to the world wide web, several hundred fellow offshore enthusiasts now know that I couldn't identify an African Pompano if it hit me in the head. To make myself feel better, I am going to give me mother-in-law some horse eye jack fillets and instruct her to broil it with just a little salt and pepper.

Mark :)
 

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